Welcome to our community! I'm so glad you found us.
For the issues concerning the 'divide' on Lyme, you might find these articles helpful:
ILADS vs IDSA:www.clinicaladvisor.com/controversy-continues-to-fuel-the-lyme-war/article/117160/archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=226373www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2901226/
No one knows for sure why all the controversy, but I'm not usually one to believe conspiracy theories, but this time, it really makes me wonder what "they" have to hide (CDC, IDSA & more) since they are fighting so hard to make it extremely difficult to not only get a positive test (no new tests are being approved that aren't based on antibody tests, which are not accurate for these infections), but they are not recognizing the seriousness of these diseases either. Not to mention that there are many states that won't even recognize that Lyme disease is being spread in their state. These are only the tip of the iceberg for trying to understand why there is so much controversy with these infections.
But, that's why these forums are so important. Lyme patients come here to not only get, but to provide support for others going through similar experiences with the same infections. It's the only way we can help ourselves be as informed as possible and learn how to heal our bodies. Even the LLMD's often don't know as much as the collective knowledge on a good Lyme forum. That's thanks to the members that are willing to do research on their own, and to watch for other Lyme patients that are successful and finding out what they did to see if it would help them - then sharing it with others.
I would venture out to say that a good Lyme forum is essential to healing these infections.
Keep asking questions, and keep reading whatever you can. We are here to help just as much as we can!
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)